Premium Center Classes

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Chess4life has taken all of its operations online. Continue reading to find our more about our online courses! Further down you will find information regarding our in-person activities which we hope to reopen soon.

Online Premium Class Description

Our Online Premium Chess Classes welcome beginners to advanced chess players! Curious about the cognitive benefits of STEM learning? Join in on online chess classes that teach analytical skills alongside life skills!



Pawn Level online classes are for our beginner chess players building fundamental skills! We will introduce students to piece movement, general rules, as well as check, checkmate, and stalemate. Our Pawn students will also focus on life skills such as respect and honesty as we explore how to play a rule-based game, how pieces capture, and how to respect our opponents.

  • Life skills: Respect, honesty
  • Chess: Piece movement, rules of chess, check/checkmate, stalemate


Knight Level online classes welcome students familiar with chess fundamentals who want to build their tactical skill!

  • Life skills: Patience, planning, sportsmanship
  • Chess: Tactics, intro to tournament skills, notation, introduction to checkmate patterns, introduction to variants


Bishop Level online classes

  • Life skills: Diligence, boldness, carefulness
  • Chess: Pairing tactics together, thinking 3+ moves ahead, advanced checkmate patterns, advanced tournament skills, variants, introduction to openings


Rook Level online classes

  • Life Skills: Perseverance, flexibility, discernment
  • Chess: Advanced openings and endgames, blindfold chess, introduction to middlegames, advanced tournament skills, advanced tactics


Queen Level online classes

  • Life skills: Resourcefulness, virtue, discipline
  • Chess: Advanced strategy, advanced openings and endgames, quick calculation, introduction to using computer game analysis

Program Overview

Center classes are a fun, rewarding, and engaging experience for kids to learn chess in a focused classroom setting. Our certified chess coaches will work with your student to develop their chess ability and also help them develop maturity and learn life lessons through their efforts.  An emphasis on ‘life skills’ is at the core of what we do at Chess4Life.

We believe that one of the keys to ensuring that students have a great time while learning and building confidence and self-esteem is having a culture that celebrates success.  Students will experience this value in all of our programs as they learn chess and life skills which will prepare them to excel in chess and life.

Chess classes are structured around six progressive levels of chess knowledge that guide students from the basics to a more advanced understanding of the game of chess.

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Six Levels of Curriculum

Center classes are built around the Chess4Life Curriculum developed by National Master Elliott Neff and our team of accomplished chess coaches. Students will work through a wide variety of topics from basic knowledge to advanced tactics. The Chess4Life Curriculum has six progressive levels: Pawn, Knight, Bishop, Rook, Queen, and King.


Students in the Pawn Level are introduced to the game of chess, how pieces move & capture, chess rules, and how to start & finish a game successfully. While learning how the pieces move, students learn key strategies of each piece which helps avoid developing bad habits,  thus building a solid foundation for success in chess and life.


knightIn the Knight Level, students learn the basics of chess tactics, how to recognize tactical patterns, and how to think two moves ahead. Students understand draws and develop skill at finishing and winning a game with checkmate. Learning these key elements develops the next layer of knowledge and skill that prepares a student for planning ahead.


bishopStudents in the Bishop Level learn to create plans, identify targets and goals, gain understanding of piece relationships, look three moves ahead, calculate variations, and consider their opponent’s defense. All of this is helping a student learn the essentials of basic planning, whether in life or chess.


rookStudents in the Rook Level become strong in tactics and look 4+ moves ahead. They can identify key imbalances, formulate long-term plans, understand more complex endgames, and even develop the ability to visualize the chess board & pieces to the point of playing chess blindfolded! While developing a student’s skill much further, this level also brings in key elements that are essential to understanding the deep strategic thinking that will be experienced in the Queen level.


queenIn the Queen Level, students learn to apply the imbalances with deeper understanding, utilize tactical motifs, and leverage their significant visualization skills that allow them to create powerful plans in any position. In life as much as in chess, the skill to evaluate ones’ position (strengths as well as weaknesses) – to develop the Dream or Goal of where one wants to go based on ones’ position – to then be able to make GREAT choices in order to achieve that Dream or Goal – this is what makes this level an outstanding achievement for all.


kingStudents in the King Level work towards becoming a Chess Master. They learn opening repertoires that tie into middlegame plans, develop deep calculation ability, and advanced endgame strategies. They also learn self-analysis, chess psychology, and high level study habits. Students who choose to work through this level develop the experience of what commitment to long-term goals, consistent study, and disciplined training can lead to – an experience that parallels success in many areas of life.